St. Margaret’s inducted 13 seniors, 12 juniors and one professional community member into the prestigious Cum Laude Society, an international organization which recognizes and celebrates academic achievement. The new Tartan inductees join 13 current seniors inducted in 2021
The inductees were honored during Upper School Chapel, the first in-person Cum Laude Society ceremony since 2019. Led by Upper School teacher and Cum Laude Chapter President Alexandra Jennings, Head of School Will Moseley and Upper School teacher and narrator Dallas Clemmons, the ceremony also included a keynote speech by St. Margaret’s alumnus Nic Gitter ’17, a Cum Laude member who graduated from Tufts University and is now building a career as an independent music producer.
Mr. Gitter offered reflections of his time at St. Margaret’s and what he’s learned since his time on campus, centered around four pieces of advice: 1. You don’t know anything yet; 2. Live the moment; 3. Be ready to pivot; and 4. Say yes.
The Cum Laude Society was founded in 1906 and identifies academic achievement through its motto: Areté (excellence), Diké (justice), Timé (honor). Chapters are established in schools of superior academic quality, and St. Margaret’s is one of just 382 chapters of the Cum Laude Society around the world and the only one in Orange County.
The new inductees join more than 300 St. Margaret’s students who have been inducted since 1986.
The Cum Laude Society limits membership to 20 percent of a school’s senior class, with only 10 percent eligible for induction as juniors. In addition to academic achievement, students must demonstrate good character, honor and integrity. To view a recording of the Cum Laude Ceremony, please click here
Congratulations to the newest Cum Laude Society inductees!
Grade 12 Inductees:
Grade 11 inductees:
Current seniors inducted in 2021 as juniors:
Professional Community inductee:
Dr. Masami Stahr